Wellington: India suffered defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their first match at the women"s Twenty20 cricket world championship in the West Indies.
Good bowling from Sian Ruck, Lucy Doolan and Aimee Watkins helped New Zealand to a hard-fought 10-run win in their group match at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on Friday morning.
India reached 129 for eight from their 20 overs, unable to overhaul New Zealand"s 139 for eight, headlined by 32 off 30 balls from opener Suzie Bates.
The Indians made a good start with opener Sulakshane Naik scoring 28 runs and Mithali Raj scoring 44.
But Raj"s dismissal left India struggling at six for 91 with less than five overs remaining.
Left-arm seamer Ruck bowled her four overs and took two for 17 while Doolan took two for 18 off four with her off spin.
Nicola Browne and Rachel Priest were the best contributors with knocks of 24 off 17 balls and 20 off 12 respectively.